Boxing Day Comes Early For Students

The Students’ Union at East Durham College, has helped to distribute and fill dozens of shoeboxes as part of the Rotary International Shoebox Scheme.

Students worked in groups and classes to put gifts in the shoeboxes to help benefit those less fortunate than themselves in Central and Eastern Europe. The staff also filled a number of boxes too.

Beth Pearson, Student Liaison Officer, said: “This was a great opportunity for the students to think about, and help, their wider community. I was really pleased with the enthusiasm and generosity of the students and of course the staff too.”

Charlotte Winnard, the Students’ Union President, added: “I think it’s so important, especially at this time of year, to think about other people in the world who don’t have all the things we take for granted. As a young person, it’s great to know that we are helping other children and young people.”

The Students’ Union paid for the boxes, which includes shipping. Each year Rotary International distributes around 60,000 shoeboxes, making sure every box goes to a deserving child or family.